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What you should know about Vysehrad

Vysehrad, meaning “upper castle,” is reputed to be the original site of the settlement that would later become modern-day Prague. It is certainly the location of the city’s oldest surviving building—the 11th-century Rotunda of St. Martin. This storied neighborhood has served as a medieval royal palace, a Holy Roman Emperor’s seat, a Hussite fortress, and an Austrian army training camp. Nowadays it’s a popular gathering place for special celebrations as well as a magnet for lovers of history and heritage.

Hotels in Vysehrad

Vysehrad has been welcoming visitors since the 10th century. As one of the jewels in Prague’s historic crown, it’s still one of the city’s most sought-after destinations. However, the castle’s proximity to the Congress Center ensures that hotels in Vyzehrad include affordable international brands as well as bespoke independents. For stunning views and high-end hospitality, opt for the iconic 5-star Corinthia Hotel Prague, a luxury Vysehrad hotel with its own spa and panoramic rooftop pool. 4-star hotels in Vysehrad include the Park Inn Hotel Prague, a restored Art Deco print house dating back to 1907 with a popular restaurant specializing in Czech cuisine.

Things to see in Vysehrad

Every stone of Vysehrad has a tale to tell. Enter through the Leopold Gate, said to be haunted by the ghosts of French soldiers, and wander through lush parkland dotted with statues of historic figures to the basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul. The church has been reconstructed many times since it was founded in the 11th century by King Vratislav II. The current building is a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture and its twin spires are a pivotal point on the city’s iconic skyline. The adjoining cemetery contains the graves of many prominent Czechs, including the composers Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana, the writer Karel Capek, and the painter Alphonse Mucha. The ancient Rotunda of St. Martin was used as a powder magazine for the fortress’s armory and still retains many of its original Romanesque features. Before you leave this atmospheric place, take in the spectacular views that spread over the rooftops of old Prague.

Good for couples

Romantic Vysehrad is the perfect place for a cozy retreat. This fairytale fortress offers an escape from the pressures of everyday life, a place where you can give yourself over to the romance and history of this celebrated city. Discover the legend of Libuse, the queen who married a plowman and prophesied the founding of Prague. See the castle that inspired Smetana to write his patriotic orchestral suite Ma Vlast. Explore the eerie casemates, secret passages under the ramparts that once served as air raid shelters and now house protected sculptures, and make a wish in the medieval well. Those looking for an extravagant treat will find some of Prague’s top hotels in Vysehrad, offering indulgent touches of luxury to pamper your special someone.

How to get to Vysehrad

Getting to Vysehrad is easy from Prague’s main international airport, Vaclav Havel. Simply hop on a shuttle bus to connect with the metro system for a transfer to Vysehrad station, or pre-book a cab direct to your Vysehrad hotel. The city’s public transportation is well integrated, with buses and trams also stopping close by. The fortress lends itself to exploration on foot, and first-time visitors will benefit from a guide book pointing out all the places of interest.

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